Monday, Dec 28, 2009

End-of-Year Re-Evaluation

For years, I have taken the week between Christmas and the first of the new year to review the past year and to set goals for the next year. I encourage you to do the same. 

In order to make progress, we must first know where we are. So take a look at your writing for the past year. Did you accomplish the goals you set out to accomplish? Do you consider yourself a better writer now than you were at the beginning of 2009? Were you faithful in your call to write? 

Once you know where you are, you can determine where God wants you to be by this time next year. Notice I said where God wants you to be. Sometimes where God wants us to be and where we want to be are two different things. So the first thing to do is to ask God what writing goals He has for you to accomplish during 2010. 

After God has shown you His goals for your writing, develop a plan to achieve them. Once you have your plan, work it. A plan is only as good as the effort you put into implementing it. 

It’s easy to set goals; it’s much harder to keep working at them. Determine today that you will not let life interfere with your writing goals in 2010. Remember: you will never “find” the time to write. You have to “make” the time to write.

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4 thoughts on “End-of-Year Re-Evaluation

  1. God’s plans are often different than mine. I long to be a moveable pen in His Hand writing what He wants. Although I met my prayed over goals I had set for 2009 God pushed back those human limits and allowed me to write even more. He also is showing me that I enjoy writing fiction. As I’m praying over my goals for this year I’m listening to His whispers. He loves to surprise us. Thanks MaryAnn for His encouragement through you.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:37 AM